What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The blog

The art of history writing is greatly underappreciated in this country. (Al Raposas)

On January 9, 2017, a new logo was adopted
coinciding with the blog's name change.
The two Baybayin characters stand for F and H.
History is not the most popular discipline in the Philippines, and probably even elsewhere. Today, there are history blogs managed by Filipinos, but back then, there was none like this one. On December 15, 2012, less than a week before the Mayan Calendar supposedly forecast the "end of the world," the Filipino Historian (#FilipinoHistorian) was created by its lone author Al Raposas in hopes of increasing awareness and appreciation of history through online channels. It may not be the first, nor the most popular, but it aims to bring history for all since day zero. To know more about what we have achieved together, listed below are the past State of the Blog Addresses, yet another innovation in the blogosphere uniquely initiated by the Filipino Historian for the admonition of its ever supportive audience. History to the Philippines and the world!

Since December 2017, Feedspot recognized the Filipino Historian
as the only history blog in the Top 100 blogs in the Philippines

As of June 2019, the blog has exceeded 440,000 reads (twice the 2018 record) and 5,859,500 social media impressions (also twice the 2018 record). Heartened by these developments, the Double Ten goals have been conceived: reach ten million people (i.e., 10,000,000) and have 10,000 followers in social media by 2022, this website's tenth anniversary. For now, it appears a long shot, but this single author writing somewhere in the archipelago has disproved critics and cynics over and over. As the saying goes, the best is yet to come.

Blurbs for the blog:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the blog from (supposedly) renowned people.

The author

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Really, who reads egomaniacal, self-serving, chest-beating biographies? Then again, for those who do not believe in writing about themselves, here goes an embarrassing and horrendous one.

Al Raposas is a Filipino Christian historian and writer. Since at least 2014, he has been invited by a number of local, national, and international media stations (DZUP 1602, DZRB 738, DWSM 102.7, UNTV 37, GMA 7, TV 5, ABS-CBN 2, among others) to discuss history and other related disciplines. He has also served as a resource person for various fora, seminars, talks, conferences, and similar venues since 2012. This led to him rapidly being known as the nation's "youngest historian" to be featured by the national media, an unofficial title conferred by a lot of people that has earned both commendation and criticism from the academia, and a situation he particularly did not want to nurture anyway. Besides his academic and research work, he enjoys being an occasional runner, a novice photographer, and an amateur cartoonist.

Writing background
Beginning formally in 2010, he has accumulated extensive experience in writing and editing work, a field which he continues engaging as a freelance specialist to this day. As a writer, his work includes, but is not limited to, script writing, ensuring continuity flows, translation, documentation, original story development, article creation, crafting of proposals, plans, and policy recommendations, as well as drafting and editing of books, newspapers, journals, and similar publications. Provided you seek his professional services, you can connect with the author online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Google Plus

Leadership and Management
In 2000, he served as a scout in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, ushering his continuing track record in public service. Throughout his years of service, he exemplified the idea of "leading without license" in the sense that an elected position can be beneficial, but not necessary, to effect positive change for the community and the nation. Indeed, his campaigns and advocacies has attracted admiration from political allies and rivals alike. He keeps his dedication to public service, nurtured during his youth, to this day.

Academic Achievement
Despite being heavily involved in public service, he graduated with first honors (valedictorian) in four different schools from kindergarten to elementary. In high school, he received the Marikina City Mayor's Excellence Award. Thereafter, he took a bachelor's degree in history, finishing as magna cum laude and class salutatorian, at the University of the Philippines. He is currently taking a master's degree in Public Administration at the same university. Coming from a socioeconomically poor family, he had to obtain scholarships and other means along the way to continue his studies.

He has distinguished himself in a number of history courses, such as Colonial History of the Philippines, Women's History, Social History, European History, Asian History, Philippine Institutions 100 (a.k.a. PI 100, the Rizal course), Military History, History of Filipino Nationalism, and Historiography.

He has also distinguished himself in a number of non-history courses, such as Earth Science, Engineering Science, Physics, Economics, Spanish, Japanese, Philosophy, Fiscal Administration, Theory and Practice of Public Administration, Public Policy and Program Administration, Local Government, Ethics and Public Accountability, and Research Methods. He garnered the highest grade overall in a university-wide examination on the Saligang Batas (Philippine Constitution).

Besides fluency in Filipino and English, he has displayed basic knowledge in a number of languages, including Spanish (Español) and Japanese (Nihongo).

List of works
An incomplete list of Raposas' published and unpublished works.

Short stories: The Cane and The Ring (undated), Still Small Voice (2010), The Worst Love Story Of Our Generation (2013)

Novels: Code Antony (2010), Tinyente Tagalog (2011), Changing the Letters (2013), Special Friend X (2016), Run to the Sky (2017)

Poems: Maria (2010), Para Sa Aliyang Nawala (2017), Nasaan Ka Aking Sinta (2017)

Songs: Hello, My Love (2011), Larawang Wasak (2011)

Games: Monopoll - the Philippine Election Game (2011)

Comics: Kapitan (2003), Professor Magnet (2006), Angel (2006), Peasant Academy (2006), Centurion Marcus (2007), Thrombocyte: The Last Platelet (2007), EIA: Earth Invasion Army (2007), Gospel (2008), The Electron Regime (2008), Sepio: Ang Dakilang Magtataho (2009), Archiceres: Fanboy of Archimedes (2009), The Catastrophic Trio (2010), ProMoFun (2010), Lightning God In White Coat (2011), Ken Incident (2012), Codename: Playa Honda (2012), Alrajah (2012), The Cost (2013), Hindi Natutulog Ang Gabi (2013), El Gato Exilado: The Exiled Cat (2014), Mycota the Slasher (2014), Son of God (2016), Corporal 72 (2016), Diplomat: The One Lost In Time (2016), El Tulisan (2017), Buhay Cell (2018)

Articles (outside this website):

Blurbs for the author:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the author from (supposedly) renowned people.

  • It'd be a gift to humanity if you just quit. (Nancy M.)
  • Could you be the youngest historian in the world? (Jerome B.)
  • I believe you are someone special. (A. Almazan)
  • Here we go again. I know that already, so stop asking. (I. Pasco)
  • You seem like a nice person. (A. Pasco)
  • Thank you for being an agent of public history. (M. Chua)
  • Glad to see someone being in charge. (P. S. Kim)
  • You write well. (N. Teodoro)
  • You are a man of integrity. (A. Buenaagua)
  • A very well educated author. (V. Romero)
  • A far superior historian to a lot of others that get caught up in personalities and politics... He has chosen to focus on something that virtually every other Filipino historian has ignored. (Tommy M.)
  • Brilliant. (G. Pilapil)
  • Universal! (B. Homan)
  • Buhay ka pa? (from the author's ex-friends)
  • Ampanget! (from the author's parents)
  • 'Wag mo ako I-inglesin sa bayan ko! (from a number of comments for the author)
  • Pauso 'to. Seryoso? (B. Balaoing)
  • Wala ka naman palang kinikita d'yan! (from the author's churchmates)
  • Grabe advanced mag-isip. (G. Saturno)
  • Wala talaga akong feelings para sa'yo eh. (C. Miranda)
  • Maganda ang aura na nararamdaman ko sa'yo. (C. Castro)
  • Kung ako na lang binigyan mo ng flowers, sasagutin kita agad. (K. Rodriguez)
  • Aking nabatid ang kanyang marubdob na pagmamahal sa kasaysayan! (K. Esquejo)
  • Ang bata mo pa, may legacy ka na! Youngest historian on national TV? (P. Manuel)
  • -smiles, moves hair behind the ear, looks away, looks back, repeats the process- (from a random girl the author met in public transport)
  • -leans head on my shoulder, sleeps- (from another random girl the author met in public transport)

Translated in 102 languages

"I am indeed relatable because I have become translatable." (Anonymous)

   By installing Google Translate in this history blog, the reader can now readily read the content in 102 other languages. The roster of languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sesotho, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yiddish, and Zulu. Filipino and Cebuano are also available, while Ilocano and Bicolano are under development. The Translate option can be seen at the sidebar of this blog. Enjoy reading the Filipino Historian.

Recent accomplishments

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
(Colossians 3:23)

  • Blogs ng Pinoy: (January 2015 - 3rd, April 2015 - 2nd, August 2018 - 4th)
  • Alexa: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018; top 0.2% - June 2019, May 2019, January 2019, November 2018, October 2018, July 2018, May 2018; top 0.3% - February 2019, August 2018, April 2018)
  • SimilarWeb: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018, October 2018, December 2017; top 0.2% - May 2019, February 2019, November 2018, August 2018, July 2018; top 0.3% - January 2019, September 2018, June 2018, November 2017)
  • Blogtopsites: (September 2016 - 5th in local)
  • Top Blogs Philippines: (May 2017 - 5th, August 2017- 4th)
  • Top 100 Philippines Blogs (December 2017 [72], March 2018 [73], June 2018 [80], November 2018 [87], January 2019 [92], March 2019 [93], June 2019 [95] - only history blog listed in the rankings)
  • Nominated, Bloggys 2015: The Philippine Blogging Awards (Society and Politics)
About About Reviewed by Al Raposas on Sunday, June 23, 2019 Rating: 5

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